Quincy School Board considering ticket price hikes for certain QHS sports

Posted: Jun. 18, 2013 5:06 pm Updated: Jul. 2, 2013 5:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

Fans may have to pay a little more to attend certain Quincy High School sporting events next school year.

The Quincy School Board's Finance Committee on Tuesday recommended the board approve some proposed increases in season tickets and general admission prices for adults and students.

The board will act on the recommendation Wednesday night.

"What we're looking at is some modest increases," said Bill Sanders, athletic director, who outlined the proposed fee increases at the committee's monthly meeting at the Board of Education headquarters, 1416 Maine.

Under the proposal, season ticket prices for most major sports -- except football -- will be going up $5 for adults and $2 to $5 for students.

For example, season tickets for boys basketball, now priced at $65 and $40 for adults (lower level of Blue Devil Gym versus balcony seating), will be rising to $70 and $45, respectively. Season tickets for students will be going to $20 from the current $18.

Sanders said Blue Devil season ticket prices have not increased since 2001.

Meanwhile, season tickets for boys and girls soccer games -- currently $20 for adults and $10 for students -- will be rising to $25 and $15.

Season tickets for girls basketball games are already $25 for adults and will remain at that level, but student season ticket prices will jump to $15 from $10.

Sanders said football season tickets would remain at $20 for adults and $10 for students because there are only four or five home games each year. He said keeping the football ticket prices at the same level "we felt was pretty reasonable, pretty fair."

Under the proposal, single-sale admission prices for athletic events will be going up only for volleyball and wrestling. Tickets for those sports are now $3 for adults and $2 for students and would be increased to $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Sanders said the volleyball and wrestling increases would "keep some consistency with the other sports." Tickets are already $5 for adults and $3 for students for football, boys and girls soccer and girls basketball. Admission to boys basketball games is $6 for adults and $5 for students (or $3 for students if tickets are bought in advance).

The committee also endorsed a proposal to double the $5 price currently charged for "courtesy tickets" available to all Quincy School District employees and their spouses. These special season tickets allow access to all sporting events throughout the year, with the exception of postseason games and the girls and boys basketball Thanksgiving tournaments.

Sanders said bumping up the courtesy ticket price to $10 from $5 "is still a pretty nice deal" for employees and their spouses. During the 2013-13 school year, 537 courtesy tickets were sold, bringing in $2,685.

All revenue from the proposed increases would go into the district's Education Fund to help offset the rising cost of athletics.

In other action, the committee recommended the board authorize Food Services Director Jean Kinder to seek bids for various food and non-food items.

Joel Murphy, the district's business manager, reported that "for once, the state has been on time with their payments, which is amazing."

After repeatedly lagging behind in making payments to the district over the past couple of years, the state has now pretty much caught up, Murphy said.

"We have one general state paid payment left (for the 2013 fiscal year), and it was just vouchered yesterday -- and that's about where it should be," he said.